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Village Green Festival 2016

The Village Green Festival, organised by Metal Southend, took place this year on Saturday 16th July. I’ve been attending a sketchbook group for a couple of years now, run by local artist Heidi Wigmore. Once again the group were given the fabulous opportunity to exhibit our sketchbooks in the Metal Art School.


With a core group of about 10 regular ‘sketchbookers’ we have built up an impressive collection of sketchbooks. When the books are all displayed together they make an impressive spectacle.


The people in the group took it in turns to invigilate the exhibition during the day. My slot was 12-2pm and by then the park was starting to fill up with festival-goers and the exhibition began to draw people in.



Here is a selection of the sketchbooks I included.


Trawler Paper launch


I’ve been attending a local meetup group, Made in Leigh, which was set up to give local, freelance creative types the chance to meet like-minded people in the area. In addition to the fortnightly meetings, the group has also organised a series of talks and now produce #TrawlerPaper.

Trawler, is a publication that contains stories, photo essays and interviews written by people about their passions, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. The first edition of Trawler Paper was launched in July 2015, which sourced Crowdfunding to cover the printing costs (everyone kindly contributes their time for free). This proved to be so successful that it also part-funded this second edition.


A visual conversation with yourself

In this edition I have written an article entitled: ‘A visual conversation with yourself’. The article tells the story of my experience during the creative journal workshops I’ve been attending at Metal (I’m now attending my 5th series of workshops!)

You can read about other journal work I’ve created below:

Creative Journal Course, Creative Journal Course – autumn and about the Creative Journal Exhibition we held at Village Green last year.

Village Green Festival 2015


Following on from the Creative Journal course I’ve been attending, at Metal Southend, our group was given the opportunity to display our journals and ‘altered books’ at the Village Green Festival on 11 July 2015 in Chalkwell Park. We jumped at the chance.

Metal, with the help of funding, has recently renovated an old stable block into an art school. Located in the centre of the park, with views of the gardens and the sea beyond is where our exhibition was to be held. We visited the venue a few days earlier to drop off our sketchbooks and to check out the space and we were also allocated 1 1/2 hour slots in which we would be invigilating the exhibition and explaining the project to the visitors.


On the day of the festival, I arrived in time for my 12pm start.


We set out the sketchbooks on tables to encourage visitors to handle them. The work is very tactile and we wanted this to be a fundamental part of the user experience.

The festival only opened at 11am, so the exhibition was quiet to begin with, but people were soon wandering in to have a look.


We had visitors of all ages dropping by…


We all thought the exhibition was a huge success and everyone who took part really enjoyed the experience.

village-greenThe rest of the day was spent enjoying the sights and sounds of the festival, including this Indian acrobatic act which was breathtaking!